Cars do not need to be serviced as often as they used to, but correct servicing is still as important as ever if you want to maintain your car’s reliability and maximise its resale value.
Choose from one of the options below to see our suggested service requirements*:
- I drive less than 12,000 miles per year
- I drive between 12,000 and 24,000 miles per year
- I drive more than 24,000 miles per year
- My car is still within the manufacturer’s warranty
I Drive Less Than 12,000 Miles per Year
At SimpleMotoring.co.uk we believe that all cars benefit from an annual service, regardless of how few miles they have been driven.
Your car’s oil will need changing after a year of use and over the course of a year, lots of problems can develop without you noticing. In our opinion, an annual service is essential to ensure your car stays safe to drive and in good working order.
The best way to meet this requirement is with an annual Full Service:
(It’s also a good idea to combine your car’s annual MOT with a service, if possible – that way, the car should be serviced first and then MOT’ed. This should mean that any potential MOT problems will be picked up and fixed during the service, ensuring that it passes its MOT first time.)
I Drive Between 12,000 and 24,000 Miles per Year
The most practical solution for drivers doing between 12,000 and 24,000 miles per year is simply to have a Full Service every 12,000 miles.
This will probably mean every 6-10 months but will ensure that your car does not go more than 12 months without a Full Service and will avoid the expense of additional interim services or oil changes.
I Drive More Than 24,000 Miles per Year
For high mileage drivers (e.g. 24,000+ miles per year), two or more Full Services each year could be excessive.
A good alternative is to alternate between an Interim Service and a Full Service – so a driver doing 24,000 miles a year would have their car serviced every 12,000 miles, once for an Interim Service and once for a Full Service.
My Car Is Still Under Warranty
For cars that are still within the manufacturer warranty period, we recommend following the manufacturers servicing recommendations exactly and using a main dealer to maximise future resale value.
Although main dealer servicing is proven to help resale value and saleability, it is not a legal requirement to validate the warranty. Since the Block Exemption Act was introduced in 2003, any garage can service a car under warranty as long as the correct manufacturer-approved parts (including oil) are used.
*These are general guidelines that apply to many current and recent car models. Always check your car’s service manual for the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.